As the name clearly puts it, the Mashujaa Awards is an annual event meant to recognize, appreciate and award heroes in different fields of specialization. Speaking to Fotophreak Magazine, the organizers of this event termed it as one that is aimed at appreciating both the reigning heroes and the fallen soldiers, some of who may include former presidents of this republic. This is one of the most notable and distinct features of this award which sets them apart from the other industry awards.
Since its launch in 2013 and first showing in 2014, the awards ceremony seamlessly took up the spirit of the new constitution, and started awarding the best performing elected leaders. Five most nominated and best performing Governors, Senators, MP’s, MCA’s and Campus leaders would then face off in a voting competition, and the winner would then be declared the Mashujaa Awards Governor/ Senator of the year…Et.Al. In this fourth edition, however, the leadership category was excluded owing to the fact that new leaders had just been elected and therefore still needed more time to each prove their credentials in their new areas of service.
The awards ceremony, in its own uniqueness, fuses the presentation of awards with a pageant event that also seeks to crown the King and Queen of Mashujaa. This year was no different! The pageant was flagged off by the outgoing Mashujaa Miss Popularity, Nina Wangari Gikunda, giving way for 15 male and female models to compete for titles. Edward Karaba, the Mr Environment Kenya 2016 beat 4 other models to become the Mr Mashujaa while Brenda Kahura became the new Queen of Mashujaa.
The models who competed to become the King and Queen of Mashujaa are mostly previous winners of other previously held beauty pageants. The other models who graced the runway this year included Maureen Wavinya ,Pauline Njeri, Purity Wanjiku, Rose Cheredi, Fridah Muthoni , Ruth Njenga, Angela Nzisa, Maryann Wairimu, Brendah Kahura, Ladona Akinyi, Peter Kamau, Henry Kipkorir, Brian Peter and Caleb Simiyu.
The judges who would oversee this competition were also of vast experience and high credentials in the fashion industry.
Esther Were is the 2016 Miss universe Kenya/Africa and the first African to make it to the top six in the international competition.
Vinn Clizz is a fashion designer, host in Ktn life and style show, Mr world Kakamega 2016 and the C.E.O of Mtindo Africa.
Enock kiprotich and Joyce Thomas were the King and Queen of mashujaa 2016. Joyce is also the miss Kips 2016 and a business Administrator. Finally, Evelyn is the former face of Valentines, a make-up artist, a model and a business woman
Award Winners- Fashion Category
Hair Stylist of the year – Eric One Wash
Makeup artist of the year – Kenz Cutz
Chief Choreographer of the year– Bruce Matheka
Fashion designer of the year– Kaka Empire
Fashion Preneur of the year– Vivo Wear
Photographer of the year – Brenda Mulama
Fashion Icon of the year – Dj Sadic
Queen of Mashujaa – Brenda Kahura
King of Mashujaa – Edward Karaba
Award Winners- Entertainment Category
Artist of the year– Nyashinski
Deejay of the year– Dj Mash
Comedian of the year – MCA Tricky
Band of the year – Band Beca
Dance crew of the year -F. B. I Dancers
Presenter of the year – Jalang’o
Producer of the year – j Blessing
Listed sponsors of this year’s event included Amo La Moda, Media Tech, Make up by Rose, Back to Back Entertainment, 3Stylists, Dgohnie Empire, Mashujaa Awards and the hosts Carnivoe.
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